Mussels in White Wine Sauce

A traditional French dish, mussels mariniere, or moules mariniere. Mussels steamed in white wine, served in sauce of juices from the mussels, wine, butter, and shallots.

Main Course
  • 2 pounds mussels, scr믭 clean under running water
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons flour (optional, omit for gluten-free version)
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley

For the stew:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced (6 to 8 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ras el hanout
  • 4 to 5 medium carrots, sliced (about 1lb)
  • 1 medium parsnip diced (about 3/4 lb)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 1 lb)
  • 2 roasted red peppers (from a jar or homemade), diced
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 to 8 cups baby kale or baby spinach
  • Lemon wedges, to garnish (optional)
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers, to garnish (optional)
  • Chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
  • Vegan or regular yogurt, to serve (optional)
  • Clean and prep mussels: Put the mussels in a bowl of salted water (1 Tbsp salt per quart of water) for 10-15 minutes. Throw out any that are wide open or refuse to close when you handle them as these ones are likely dead. Looking over the closed mussels, see if any still have their beards (long hairy byssal threads which help anchor the mussel to surfaces) and pull them out, pulling slowly and strongly towards the hinge of the shell.
  • Put wine, mussels in bottom of large pot, steam until mussels open: Put 1/2 cup of dry white wine in the bottom of a large pot (at least 4-quart). Add the mussels to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. As the mussels cook, they will release their highly flavored water into the pot. Cook until shells have opened, and the mussels are just cooked, looking steamed and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Take care not to overcook, or the mussels will be rubbery and hard.
  •  Remove cooked mussels, save the cooking liquid: Once the mussels are cooked, carefully remove them from the pot to a bowl, one-by-one using tongs, including those that have broken loose from their shells. Do not discard the liquid in the pot! Let the water in the pot settle for a minute. Any grit will settle to the bottom. Gently pour out the cooking water into a measuring cup, leaving the grit in the pot to discard of later. If the water you've measured out is still a little gritty, filter out the grit using a sieve.
  • Sauté shallots and garlic in butter, add flour: Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add the shallots and cook a couple minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook a minute more. If you want your sauce to be a little thick, add a teaspoon or two of flour to the pan, stir to combine. (Otherwise skip the flour.)
  • Add mussel cooking water to create sauce: Slowly add about a cup of the filtered mussel cooking water to the saucepan, stirring to create a smooth sauce. Add the minced parsley to the sauce.
  • Pour sauce over mussels to serve: Place mussels in serving bowls. Pour some sauce over each bowl of mussels. Serve immediately. Serve with crusty bread for dipping in the sauce.

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